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The Merseburg Spells by J. S. Hopkins

The Merseburg Spells by J. S. Hopkins

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by Joseph S. Hopkins

First edition: limited to 333 hand-numbered copies

The Merseburg Spells are brief but profound, providing an extraordinary window into the pre-Christianization beliefs of Germanic-speakers of continental Europe. The first calls upon a supernatural group of women, the Idisi. The second appears to ask for assistance from six gods. We know these deities best today as Odin, Frigg, Baldr, and Fulla, alongside the personified Sun, and the mysterious Sinthgunt.

In this edition, scholar Joseph S. Hopkins renders the poem and discusses both of the spells and each of the themes and topics invoked in them. This creative edition is lushly illustrated by Kazakh artist Rim Baudey with contributions from American artist Jacqui Alberts (Wovnwyrm).

It features an original introduction from noted scholar John Lindow (Professor Emeritus of Old Norse and Folklore at University of California, Berkeley). 


76 pages. 5x7. Published by Hyldyr. Printed in the USA and/or Canada.

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These poems are generally held to have been originally spoken, sung, or performed in some manner. Textualizing them removes them from their original context. We recommend you recite them aloud, whether deep in the woods or at an appropriate gathering in your town or city.


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